I lost my dog.
Losing my dog was one of the most terrifying things that has ever happened to me. My dog is like my first child. He’s apart of the family so I felt like I lost my baby! Here’s what happened. My husband and I were outside talking to the neighbors as we are new to the neighborhood. My husband went inside the house and Simba was with him. He closed the door behind him and I thought nothing else of it while I was outside chit chatting away. The kids were outside playing and the oldest kept going in and out of the house as kids always do. It began getting dark outside so the kids and I went inside of the house. Usually Simba comes to the door when we come inside, but this time he did not. I thought that was weird so I asked my husband where Simba was. He thought Simba was with me and I thought Simba was with him. Uh oh. We both look at Jordyn and her face says it all. We ask her where Simba is and she said that he went out the door with her earlier.
He went out the door with you!? Where’s he at now?
I don’t know.
We didn’t know where our dog was. Panic ensued. We scramble all around the house hoping that Simba is just in one of his favorite places. Nope. He’s nowhere to be found. I started to panic even more because at that time he did not have his dog tag on because the information on it was old since we had just moved and it needed to be updated. Simba didn’t have a microchip. Oh my. He was gone in a blink of an eye! It all happened so fast and it can happen to anyone. Don’t let this happen to you! Here are several things that we did when we realized we lost our dog!
9 Things to do If You Lose Your Dog
- Take a Deep Breath. CALM DOWN!
I know, I know. That is totally easier said than done. I get it. You lost your dog and you’re freaking out! So was I, but I had to pull it together so that I could find my dog as quickly as possible. Take a moment and get your mind together so that you can put it to use in finding your dog.
- Stop, Think About It
Where could your dog be? Think about all of the places that your dog loves to go. He could possibly be somewhere that he is always at. Did you look everywhere in the house? Did you check the backyard? Check common places.
- Search the Neighborhood
Walk around the neighborhood and call or whistle for your dog. Look carefully. Someone should stay at the house in case the dog decides to return while the other person is out looking. The dog could be in a neighbor’s backyard down the street or right next door!
- Ask the Neighbors
While you’re out searching the neighborhood, make sure you ask any neighbors you see if they have seen your dog. You may even have to knock on some doors if neighbors are not outside at the moment. Also show your neighbor a recent picture of your dog on your phone. This is how we found Simba. My husband asked a neighbor who happened to be outside and she actually saw Simba and put him in her fenced in backyard. She was going to call the police who would have then taken Simba to the animal shelter. We are so thankful that our neighbor took care of him and we found him within about 10 minutes of losing him.
- Reach Out on Social Media
Make a post on your personal Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Your friends can help spread the word by sharing your post with their friends who can then share it with their friends.
- Call the Police
The neighbor that found Simba mentioned that she was about to call the police about a lost dog. Call your local police to see if they might have recently picked up a lost dog.
- Call the Local Animal Shelters
Someone may have taken your dog to an animal shelter. Call your local animal shelters and give them the description of your dog and see if he is there. You can also go by there yourself and see if your dog is there.
- Put up Lost Dog Flyers
If you aren’t having much luck finding your dog the same day you lost him, put up some dog flyers around your neighborhood, at local stores, vet offices, etc. Make sure you have a recent photo of your dog and a good description and a way to contact you ASAP if he is found.
- Keep Looking!
Keep searching for your dog. Keep calling or going by the animal shelter. Keep checking with neighbors or even give them your contact info so they can bring the dog to you or call you to get your dog if they happen to see him. Don’t give up! Keep looking!
Lost Dog Prevention
If you have lost your dog I really hope that you find him soon. It really is a difficult thing to deal with and I wish it on no pet parent out there. Our dog is precious to us and very much apart of our lives and I’m sure all dog owners feel the same way.
Never lost your dog? Let’s keep it that way and prevent it from happening. It’s Lost Dog Prevention Month and we want to prevent as many dogs as possible from getting lost or at least getting found quickly. Here are some tips to help prevent you from losing your dog. Did you know that many dogs get lost this month…especially during the 4th of July? For more information check out our 4th of July dog posts in the related content below.
View our family vlog below to see us talk about losing our dog for the first and hopefully LAST time!
Have you ever lost your pet? What did you do? Share in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!